The choir “Jutrzenka” is one of the largest women’s choirs in Latvia, which, with the support of the Latvian Polish Union, is active in and develops the choral singing traditions of the people living in Latgale.
The choir was established in the spring in 2000 with the support of the Rezekne branch of the Latvian Polish Union. Currently, more than 40 members sing in it.
The choir has included in its repertoire songs by Polish composers (T. Klonovskis, K. Sikorskis and V. Račkovskis, S. Rebrovskis) and Latvian authors (E. Melngailis, R. Pauls, O. Matvejāns), as well as songs for which music has been written or performed by choir conductor Irēna Ivanova. Concertmaster – Natālija Dragunova.
Polish and Latvian folk songs are sung in each choir concert. A special place in the choir’s repertoire are spiritual (also classical) songs sung in the Catholic Churches of Rezekne, Pasiene, Ventspils, Bukmuiža and Ludza, as well as in Poland during the choir’s visits to the Koszalin and Grajewo church.
During its existence, the choir regularly participated in the Polish Culture Days in Pasiene, the annual Rezekne City Festival and events organized by other Latvian cities (Jelgava, Ezernieki, etc.), and has also given concerts in Poland – Grajewo, Darlow, Koszalin.
The choir has successfully performed at the XI World Polish Choir Festival in Koszalin (2002) and at the International Festival of National Cultural Societies in Rezekne (2004 and 2006).
The high professional level of the choir is confirmed by the award received at the county song competition – a trip to the music festival in Limbaži, dedicated to the 130th anniversary of Emīls Melngailis.
Choir leader Irēna Ivanova is demanding not only towards others, but also towards herself. She regularly improves her professional education and in 2007 she graduated as a conductor from the Polish Academy of Music in Koszalin.